Thursday 17 October 2019

Knee injury warning over 'couch to 5k' mentality



Sarah Knapton

The "couch to 5k" mentality is causing an epidemic in knee injuries because people are not preparing sufficiently and feel too embarrassed to warm up, a surgeon has warned.

Amir Qureshi, a consultant knee and limb reconstruction surgeon at University Hospital Southampton, said more focus was needed on injury prevention and preparation at amateur and recreational level.

He said he had seen an "influx" in knee injuries in recent years due to a rise in popularity of the "couch to 5k mentality".

"I firmly believe we need a wholesale change in mindset when it comes to injury prevention in amateur and recreational sport as there is a growing belief you can go from nothing to all-out activity with no consequence," said Mr Qureshi.

"That has manifested itself further over recent years with what I call the 'couch to 5k mentality' among those looking to get back into physical activity and get fit or play amateur sport with little to no preparation. There is a tendency to skip warm-up routines and muscle conditioning exercises and concentrate on distance, whereas preparation and gradually increasing activity is where the focus should be."

Couch to 5K was a running plan developed by Josh Clark in 1996, who wanted to help his mother get off the couch and start running. The plan involves three runs a week, with a day of rest in between, over nine weeks and includes a five-minute warm up and cool down. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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